Subtropical Storm Debby forms far out over the Atlantic

The projected path of Hurricane Hector as of 5 p.m. Sunday

The projected path of Hurricane Hector as of 5 p.m. Sunday

A new named storm formed Tuesday in the north Atlantic, more than 2,000 miles from South Florida.

The storm's maximum sustained winds Tuesday morning are near 40 miles per hour and the U.S. National Hurricane Center says Debby is expected to dissipate in a few days. There are no warnings or watches in effect as it moving away from the United States and most land. "Although transition to a tropical cyclone is possible, no significant strengthening is anticipated since the cyclone will soon be moving over cool water and become fully embedded within a larger mid-latitude trough approaching from the west".

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles. It was forecast to peak as a Category 3 hurricane before starting to weaken while staying to the west of the Baja California Peninsula during the week.

Hurricane season runs through November 30.

The conditions needed to stir up hurricanes are lacking, noted Phil Klotzbach and Michael Bell of Colorado State University's Tropical Meteorology Project.

The National Weather Service (NWS) briefed Hawai'i Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA), local emergency management and civil defense agencies, and federal and state partners Monday morning, August 6, 2018, about Hurricane Hector, which has reached Category 4 strength.

The reason for the below-average forecast?

Hurricane Hector. Times reported in PDT not Hawai'i Standard Time. Warm ocean temperatures and strong wind shear are contributing to the lack of activity.

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